The Fish Caught Me..hopefully the bug won’t.

Remember that I have tests next week as part of my one year since cancer check-up.  If you missed it, read about it here.  Well before I can go through the tests I have to be on a dreaded low-iodine diet.  I have to do it for 10 days.  I started last week on Saturday.

The diet is one of the least fun diets I’ve ever been on….No dairy.  No products that are processed.  No going out to eat.  So if I have a dressing unless I make it from scratch (and that doesn’t mean the ranch packet)…If I have pizza-I have to make the crust and no cheese or processed meat on it.  Bread-I have to make it myself.  No condiments at all.  Today I made spaghetti sauce from scratch.  I boils down to that I can have 6 ounces of meat a day and any fresh fruits and veggies that I want.

Anyway on Wednesday I decided to make fish for the kids for lunch.  I know I can can eat fresh meat so ate some.  That night Hubby came home and I was going to make fish for him.  He said you can’t have any, what are you eating.  I immediately started crying.  I had ate fish for lunch.  I was sure I could have it.  Nope.  I can’t.  I missed the fine print when I read the diet.  UGH.  I thought “what could it hurt”.  As a precaution I emailed my doctor.  NOPE.  IT DID MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!  A BIG DIFFERENCE.

So all the tests that I was supposed to have next week are now postponed to the following week.  The testing and trips to Lacrosse are going to be the 13th-17th.  UGH.

So..the five days I put up with the diet are worthless.  I have to be on the diet for 10 full days…SO….Last night, I went out to eat.  Here’s what I had.


I figured being I would still have 10 days in if I re-started today I might as well live it up…so I had a bloody Mary too.  I had a long day and thought I might as well partake as long as it was “legal” as I wasn’t on the diet again yet.

With having to re-schedule, I had to tell my childcare families.  They had spent time finding alternate care only to have to cancel and find it for the following week.  UGH.  I feel so bad.  I tried to scramble around and try to make it all easier somehow but for the life of me I couldn’t think of anything that would.  I feel terrible about that.   One of the hardest things for me is to feel like I am a burden to others and that’s exactly how I feel about all of this and the inconvenience I’ve caused my childcare families, my family, the nurse and schedulers but mostly my childcare families.

Rather than me catching a fish…I think the fish caught me.  I’m trying really hard to laugh about it now that I already had a good cry over it.  I know it’s a simple set back but still it’s no fun.

On top of all that, yesterday when childcare started I was suppose to have 5 kids here.  One, who was diagnosed with Influenza B last week was still out of care so I only had four kiddos here.  At 9:00 I took the temp of the my littlest one and yep….he had a temp. He went home.  At 10:00 I took a temp on another….yep…A temp.  It wasn’t high so I gave her some Tylenol, called mom and loved her up.  At lunch I took the temp of another.  It was high…and immediately took the temp of the last one.  I gave Tylenol to everyone as everyone had a temp.  I put them down for a nap and got in contact with all the parents and told them after nap time they would have to pick up.  Oh my.  I sent EVERY kid home sick…EVERYONE of the four kids here.  I have NEVER done that.

So now I wait.  Will the bug catch me and if so when?  Ila, Ila, you were so right.  I live in a petri dish.  I really do!  I’ve been washing my hands and working super hard not to touch my face at all.  Who knows…maybe my flu shot will cover whatever the bug is…fingers are crossed that it might.

Adding insult to injury.  I heard today that strep throat with scarlet fever has started up in our area and mumps has too.  Oh my…if we can avoid this I’d be so happy…so happy.

That’s what’s up here…I’m hoping you’re living in a happier and healthier place!!

11 thoughts on “The Fish Caught Me..hopefully the bug won’t.”

  1. Oh no!! This post was painful to read so I can’t imagine how tough it was for you going through it! Hope that you don’t come down with whatever it is the kids have and that the next two weeks go more smoothly for you!

  2. Jo I’m so sorry, Praying that the next couple weeks are easier and you get the tests done and behind you. We need some warm weather and sunshine so we can be outside instead of cooped up with germs!

  3. Jo I know that when my kiddos were young and I was working and my childcare people had to make those tough decisions, it was hard on us all. It’s hard because we grow to love each other and we just don’t want to disappoint the ones who love us. All of this is just to say that you have many people who love you right now and the messes and mistakes and cancellations and changes will just be dealt with. And you’ll still be the one everyone loves. Happy healing…….

  4. Bless your heart! The old saying, “When it rains it pours” fits this situation perfectly. Just remember you are not a miracle worker and we deal with one day at a time. I know you want this testing over with sooner rather than later. Hugs and prayers!

  5. My roomie had influenza B but I went t urgent care and got tamiflu so I dodged that bullet. It’s also possible that I had the higher age flu shot and it covered that flu. In any case, I didn’t get sick and dodged that bullet. Wish you well. Hopefully the sun will come out and burn Down all the germs!

  6. I’ve been sick all week. My daughter is a freshman in the color guard and her band (the entire music dept., actually) is headed to Disney World on Tuesday. They only go once every 4years, so this is it. I’ve been on pins and needles if she gets it too. Well, she has, but so far (knock wood) not as bad. Something’s going around the school, too. Of course, we were down there last year as a family when Kelli was there, but it’s different when you’re marching in the parades with your friends.

  7. You have my sympathy 100% on the dietary goof. I had to make some pretty huge dietary changes about 18 months ago and it just about made me crazy for a good month until I got some help from a dietician. Sometimes it is the most innocent sounding thing that trips you up. Here’s to smooth sailing (and no bugs) going forward. Most important, a good outcome!

  8. The flu is not so bad, but strep throat, scarlet fever and mumps are worse! Strep throat can develop into rheumatic fever (which damages the heart), scarlet fever is quite painful, and mumps can cancel a grown man’s ability to procreate!
    So fish have iodine in them? From living in salt water, perhaps?
    Don’t give up, Jo! There will be a silver lining in this cloud of darkness.

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